Update Mar 25, 2020 – How can H1B post LCA for work from home in Coronavirus office Closure.
DOL has relaxed the legal requirements and has allowed posting LCA within 30 days of starting work at home.
An H1B visa holder can work from home in USA. The H1B employer’s head office can be in any US state.
This article will discuss:
- Home Address As Work Location in LCA
- H1B Multiple Work Locations
- Work Remotely from Different State
- Is H1B Amendment Required for work from home?
- Where to post LCA if working from home on H1B?
- USCIS home office visit for work location verification?
- Working from Home Prevailing Wage
- H1B Telecommute in EVC Model or Third Party Consulting
- H1B visa stamping for work from Home
Home Address As Work Location in LCA
You can work from home if your H1B petition has your home address listed as the ‘work location’ permanently.
If your current approved H1B does not list your home address, then you need to file an H1B Amendment to get USCIS permission to work from home.
You can telecommute occasionally if the home address in not mentioned in H1B application but your home falls in same MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area) as your office.
H1B Multiple Work Locations
You can have multiple work location’s listed in your H1B application. People who have traveling job do have multiple offices listed in their application.
Work Remotely from Different State
You can work remotely from home even if it is located in a different state than the H1B employer’s office.
This holds true even if the employer’s head-office is in another city/state with different metropolitan statistical area (called MSA).
Please note that if MSA changes, the H1B amendment is necessary to list your home address as one of your work location.
The distance in state does NOT matter. Your office could be in New York and your home (work location) could be in California. Whatever work location is mentioned in the H1B application holds good.
Is H1B Amendment Required for work from home?
If your work location (i.e. your home) is in a separate MSA than your office, then you will also need to file H1B amendment.
This applies if your current H1B petition does not already list your home address as work location and you want to start working from home.
Some people try to do it with H1B transfer application too. This is also fine as a H1B transfer is nothing but a new H1B application. Whatever work location you specify holds validity for the application’s validity period.
Where to post LCA if working from home on H1B?
Some H1B employers post it at their head office irrespective of the actual home address (work location) of the employee. This is acceptable and a recommended practice.
This is true even if the worker’s home is located in a different state/city all-together.
If not posted at employers headquarters, the LCA should be posted on the main door of the employee’s home i.e. the work location.
The primary location can your shown as your Home address.
The house office can also be the ONLY work location.
You can have multiple work location in your H1B application including both home and office addresses.
USCIS home office visit for work location verification?
Yes, It is possible that USCIS visit the employee’s work location i.e. the home address listed in H1B application for work verification, as they normally do surprise visits in office.
You should be careful when filing H1B amendment to make sure correct home address is listed.
Working from Home Prevailing Wage
It is possible that the ‘prevailing wage‘ in your home location is either more or less than your office’s location.
Your employer would need to pay you according to the work location i.e. your home location’s Prevailing wage requirements.
They may have to raise your salary if the prevailing wage in your home location is more than your current salary to maintain H1B visa employment rules.
H1B Telecommute in EVC Model or Third Party Consulting
Well, legally you can do it but the chances of H1B approval with home address are really low. Your end client will have to provide lot of paperwork supporting your home office location.
If you are working as a full time employee (FTE) for end client, things are a bit easy as the justification for work from home is easy, with no consulting company involved.
H1B visa stamping for work from Home
- You should carry all original H1B amendment/transfer application i797 forms.
- Work location in DS-160 form should be your HOME address.
- Visa officer’s (VO) question for work location should be answered with YOUR HOME ADDRESS/CITY and NOT your employer’s address.
This address should MATCH the one listed on LCA and H1B application.